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LONELY WHISTLE MUSIC 2

By Don Campau

I am a lucky guy. Three years ago I retired from a job pushing out vegetables which I had done for over 30 years. Don’t get me wrong, I liked my job. It was physical, not mental, the way I like it. It afforded me an opportunity to meet and talk to strangers and stay in OK shape because of the heavy lifting and endless walking. However, it did take a real toll. After all this time getting up at 3 or 4 in the morning it was starting to hurt and I was just tired. Thank goodness I had a union job that put away money for my “golden years”.

This job allowed me to have my afternoons free so that I could work on my various projects: my own music, my web sites, my radio shows and all the things I do.

My favorite part of all this good luck is this. I leisurely get up at 7:30 or 8 am and with my own kids ( and my wife’s) long gone with their own lives and families there is very little happening in our house. My wife Robin might already be gone or quietly reading. There is no noise or stress to speak of.

So, I make my coffee, and begin my day…in my recliner chair. I put on some music but not just any music, this is music that has no melody, no rhythm and at the lowest possible volume. Almost as if it is not there. This is not new age candy fluff but mainly experimental ambient music by musicians such as Mathias Grasnow, Mark Wastell, Tomas Koner, Oophoi and  others.

It is just about perfect. The cat on my lap, the warm coffee heating my hands. I tend to fall into some kind of hypnagogic state between waking and sleep which I absolutely love. I usually sit there with the sun coming out as I gaze at times through our back window into our suburban yard with the trees swaying and the neighborhood not yet active. I’ll sit there for half and hour or even longer some days. It is a little piece of heaven for me.

I realize how lucky I am and I am quite thankful. Many, or even most, people will rarely get this kind of luxury that I have carved out for myself. No people grouching at me first thing in the morning, no waiting in a traffic jam to get to a busy and stressful job, nothing to keep me from staying calm and collected. And yet, I have periods of great stress.

I lay awake at night worrying about ridiculous things. I fret over the smallest problems and allow them to create tension. The computer, the bills, my health, the kids and grandkids, the car. So, it looks like I have only removed a layer or two of the things that were aging and dragging me down.

Years ago I practiced meditation and am thinking I should get back to it. It helped me at the time get through some difficult personal moments of my first marriage and health issues. Maybe I should go back to the gym and kick up my exercise program like I did when I first retired. Perhaps I should travel and leave my cares behind while I enjoy the sights of some place else. Maybe donate my time to a charity that feeds and helps the homeless and destitute.

But no. For now, I will just sit in my chair and think about nothing for now with the sun making my toes glow, with the cat purring, with the coffee steaming in my hands and with the sound of the drone off in the distance but close in my head.

 
 

Hammer, Horror, Glamour!

Venturing forth across the bleak Yorkshire moors, the light  fades and thick fog descends on the costal town of Whitby. By day a picturesque Victorian town, at night with dense fog all around, people are walking the streets in Victorian attire in celebration of the Whitby Goth weekend. Eerie…

 

It is hardly surprising then that Bram Stoker gave birth to the most celebrated prince of darkness here… Dracula. The most famous protagonist being that of Christopher Lee, an actor who made the character come to life in the cult Hammer Horror movies and who can make anyone’s hair stand up on the back of their necks.

 

Every Goth’s dream, every goths nightmare, and what’s more it’s Halloween.

 

And so the scene is set…..

 

It’s been two years since Devilish Presley  last played the Resolution Hotel for the launch of their acclaimed album ” Flesh Ride ” and so we return.

Times are hard these days for everyone, not least bands with musicians trying to scratch a living, trying to survive and get their own particular brand of music out there. None are more hard working than Devilish Presley. Over the past few years they have gigged relentlessly clocking up the miles throughout the UK and venturing into Europe as well. As others have found nothing comes easy, it’s hard work and commitment that are carrying them through. Even after critically acclaimed album reviews the going is tough! All this being independent and self financed as well. Taking time out and  also record a new album, the gigs have of late have been few and far between. There are other changes too. This is a new version of Devilish Presley. Gone is the real drummer and back is the bigger, badder and better drum machine. Fronted by Jacqui Vixen & Johnny Navarro for the past few years, Jacqui gave Devilish Presley one of the dirtiest bass sounds around. However after years of playing and sustaining an injury she has now had to give up the bass. ( such a  great shame too, she was up there with our favourite bass players ) Jacqui and Johnny are as ever open, friendly and approachable and are quick to introduce us to the next line up change. Polski Pete.The new bass player. Dzien dobry. Pete Vincent has made an immediate impact within the band, traveling to the gig he was nearly arrested for relieving himself up against a wall that turned out to be none other than a wall of a police station!! ( We like Polski Pete )

 

DEVILISH PRESLEY

 

It’s show time…

 

The set starts at a rip roaring pace with ” Trucks ” followed by ” Black Glitter ” and then a new song ” Happy As Saturday ” ( nice for those who don’t have to work it!  ) This is the first outing of material from the NEW album ” The Dark Triad ” which is set for release in 2011. Johnny as ever is full of energy, a real driving force for the band. Pete adds a deep bass sound releasing Jacqui in her new role as lead singer. She is gaining in confidence with each passing gig using her vocal shriek to great effect. A real Halloween Queen. Pete adds to the visual dynamic of the band and goes head to head with Johnny in banter. Before the set Dave dons his hard hat after being told by Johnny where to stand. ” This is a hard hat area! ” Dave has been whacked by Johnny on the head at several gigs with his guitar, Johnny has a new guitar. It has to be christened and he wants to make sure he doesn’t miss!! Other older favourites such as ” Billy Rattlestick ” ( which saw Johnny in the audience, guitar in hand, a bit of back line climbing and running around like a headless chicken ) and  ” Black Leather Jesus ” followed by more new tracks including ” Down Where You Belong ” ( Down at the front of the stage of course ) Plus the new single ” Cocaine Joe ” which is exclusively covered mounted on a compilation cd on the magazine Devolution which is available now!!

JACQUI VIXEN

It’s a fine performance from the new line up which goes down well with the crowd at a packed Resolution Hotel but it is over all too soon. Visual and energetic, Devilish Presley more than make the grade. Back is a big bad ass bass sound adding to the high octane guitar and spine tingling vocals. An evolution in the bands line up that will hopefully bring Jacqui, Johnny and Pete success ( which they thoroughly deserve ) in their next endeavour ” The Dark Triad “. With an already fine back catalogue of music including the albums, ” Flesh Ride “, ” Disgraceland “, ” Memphisto ” and ” Rust Garden ” ( which is SOLD OUT ) Visually and musically tighter than the previous line up we look forward to the next album release with bated breath. Counter culture music like this gives corporate control a damn good kick in the bollocks and we’re all for that. Bands like Devilish Presley have the freedom to express themselves in a way that the music execs will never understand. Instead, music execs feed us the bland and the mundane that infects the charts the world over purely in the name of profit. Bands like Devilish Presley give the UK and the rest of the world music scene such a rich, diverse seam of talent which is ultimately what music is all about. Freedom of expression. We’re glad to say Devilish Presley have that in abundance!!

JONNY NAVARRO

We bid our farewells to the band and not forgetting Brian the hard working roadie ( who has ambitions to be a film star some day ) We head off, back onto the moors and into the thick fog armed with garlic and wooden stakes to fend off any vampires who cross our path but all we see is the ghost of a Christmas tree! Eerie, err no! Weird…

 

Jez n Dave.

The Pogo Crew.

ARE YOU READY TO RAAAWK… HELL YEAH!!!

Devilish Presley are:

Jacqui Vixen /  Vocals

Johnny Navarro / Lead Guitar / Vocals

Pete Vincent / Bass

 

Catch a ride with these Hitch Hikers From Hell…

 

http://www.devilishpresley.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Devilish-Presley/402539820712

http://www.myspace.com/devilishpresleynovembertenthrecords

twitter.com/DevilishPresley

http://www.reverbnation.com/devilishpresley

 

 

 

Metro Decay Official re-release

Its been 26 years since Metro Decay released their full length album “Ypervasi” (engl. going beyond ελλ. Υπέρβαση).

Now the album will be re-released through Eirkti records, with a 7” bonus single featuring a lost demo track of the band, titled “Brand New Day”.

The date of this forthcoming re-release is set to be the 3rd of December with a special party at the club Seven Sins and special dj, the keyboard player of the band,  Costas Mastoris.

The album will be available at the club during the party.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

The time of Morka

This is taken from their myspace link:

During the difficult years of the dictatorship in Greece (1967-1974), a band was formed which was the origin of Morka. This group, founded in late 1970 by John Jungemann and Dorian Kokas, was called Stone Deep. It set the trend of the basic characteristics of Morka, which was a four-part harmony band.

Stone Deep comprised a group of fellow-students at ACS (American Community School). They released a private-pressed single containing the mellow electric folk songs “Winter’s here” and “Judy“.

Dorian Kokas and Mike Moraitis formed Morka after the other members of Stone Deep returned to their homes in the USA. The name MORKA comes from MORaitis-KokAs and the duet continued the tradition of melody and harmonies, adding more psychedelic tinges.

In late-1971, Polydor released a 33 rpm EP containing both the Stone Deep tracks as well as two new duet’s songs : “I see” and “She shouts“. For these specific tracks german drummer Reiner Rathe participated as a session musician. All four tracks appeared under the Morka moniker.

That same year, after the departure of Moraitis, Kokas kept the Morka name alive with the participation of Michalis Orphanides, George Tambre, Antonis Bravos, Paul Papadeas and Pamela Leake. With this line up was that Morka became recognized by the public and took a turn in a more professional innovative direction. Many appearances followed in the clubs of Athens and endless gigs with other important bands of the greek underground scene.

In 1972, the single “Giati? (=Why?) / And so she flies“, also released by Polydor. The first track was the lone attempt by the American, Canadian and English members to sing in Greek.

In the first weeks of 1973, Morka recorded a demo-tape distinctively more mature, still emphasizing the importance of their mellow psychedelic folk roots but in a more progressive music style. No doubt, Morka was ahead of its time.

Shortly after this recording, the band broke-up, following the fate of the Greek rock bands of that era. The material of the demo-tape had never been released to this day.

In 1986, there was an ephemeral reformation of Morka with the basic line up of founder member Kokas and Orphanides and Leake. They recorded one more demo tape and afterwards the final split came.

2006 and Anazitisi Records, officially released all the recordings of Morka in a limited, to 400 copies, vinyl album entitled “There was a time…”.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2010 in Prog-rock, Psychedelic

 

PENNY DREADFULL – live (video)

As we announced here Jiannis Kalifatidis is back with a new band.

The line up: Jiannis Kalifatidis (vocals/guitar) Panos Bobolas (bass) and Nikos Panagiotou (drums).

This vid is from their first gig.

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2010 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Tony Wilson Factory Records Interview 1987

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2010 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Borassick Steve

Through time there has always been musicians on the edge of the music business as such ploughing their own groove!  Borassick Steve is one of these unsung heroes .

Q how long and in what forms have you been involved in music ?

I’ve been involved in music now for decades in one way or another.  I was hooked, like many others I suppose, by The Beatles who prompted me to buy my first guitar.  It was a cheap mail order jobbie with a plastic strap and a pick up and it sure took some hammer.

I wrote my first song on my mother’s knee, my second on her thigh and upwards as I grew until, finally, after writing my last song on her forehead, she bought me an exercise book.

In the seventies, I met my long time song writing buddy, Dave.  He was an art student and, during the summer holidays, we both worked at the local K Y factory and I guess we just sort of gelled.  We started writing together and performing at local folk clubs.  Under the name Crappo, we offered such moving ballads as ‘Irma the Squirmer’, ‘Flasher Pete’ and ‘Dennis the Barbarian’ to our ever growing band of followers.  Many local musicians joined us on stage at different periods and some have never gotten over it…

Dave and I still write together and our latest project is under the name of Basecode and Tuffandrumble.  Songs can be found here.

I myself have, over the years, managed a record shop, ‘Less Then Zero’.  I still work part-time for the Performing Rights Society as a researcher and currently write and perform as Borassick Steve.

Q Where did the name Borassick Steve come from?

Borassick Steve was born when I was sacked from my job because I wouldn’t work for nothing.  Find me here.

Q who or what are your influences – how do you go about writing a song ?

My influences and inspirations are so many, from the Fab Four to Dylan to Costello to Jake Thackeray.  Some of my songs start life as a phrase or an idea and then just grow quickly like weeds.  Some start as little riffs or tunes that I throw words at until they stick.  When you’re writing a song, whatever you do, don’t let music get in the way.

Q what are your recording techniques ?

Being borassic, I record my songs on four-track tape or straight to video and then transfer them to computer – crude but effective, and certainly cheap.

Q last one – could you name your top three favourite gigs you have been to and your top three favourite records of all time .

Gigs I will always remember are:

Frank Sidebottom at Grimsby Comedy Club.  He was a one off – genius.  The Stones in the Park in ’69 and Pink Floyd at Knebworth 1975.  Both great events that I won’t forget, as long as I remember them…

Three records that everyone should have are ‘Four Letters’ by The Donkeys, ‘Should the Bible be Banned’ by McCarthy and ‘It’s Not My Fault’ by Buddy Holly.

Download them NOW.

THANK YOU

Links : http://www.myspace.com/tuffandrumble

The Pogo Crew

Jez Keefe. Dave Alucard. xx2


 
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Posted by on November 3, 2010 in Interviews, The Pogo Crew